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The Marine Mammal Center is a nonprofit veterinary hospital, research, and educational center dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of ill and injured marine mammals and the study of their health. Since 1975, the Center has rescued and treated more than 16,500 marine mammals and has accumulated a body of knowledge about marine mammal and ocean health. Through public education about marine mammals, the Center hopes to foster ocean stewardship and conservation. For more information, visit http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/

Friday, April 2, 2010

This Joint Is Jumpin'!

Imani, a current patient, in pool at the The Marine Mammal Center's hospital.

April 2, 2010

It's so busy at The Marine Mammal Center right now that you can hear the sounds of the marine mammals before you even enter the building from the parking lot!

We're bursting at the seams with 103 patients currently at the hospital at last count!

Spring means pupping season here, and our annual reminder to the public to Leave Seals Be! Unfortunately, well-intentioned people sometimes separate pups from their mothers when actually the mother may be nearby feeding at sea. When you see a pup, do not touch or move it. Instead, Leave Seals Be and call the Center's 24 hour response hotline instead at (415) 289- SEAL.

Imani, the harbor seal pup pictured above, was rescued on March 4 at Seacliff State Beach in Santa Cruz County. His name means faith and belief in Arabic. He was spotted alone on a beach with no mother in sight. He arrived at the Center with part of his umbilical cord still attached and a shiny lanugo coat which is usually lost before birth.

When Imani was admitted, he weighed just under 22 pounds. Today, thanks to our hospital crew working both day and night to keep him thriving, Imani has gained almost 4 pounds.

Imani needs to be fed five times a day, including one tube feeding during the night. He will be taught how to eat fish before he can return to the ocean.

You can help Imani and other pups by donating to the Center. It costs a significant amount to keep these pups thriving.

$10 = 1 meal for 1 pup

$25 = medication for 1 day for 1 pup

Help feed the pups now...

You can also help by spreading the word about our Leave Seals Be campaign. Remember to call the Center at (415) 289-SEAL. Our hotlines are staffed 24 hours a day. Learn more about Leave Seals Be...

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